Trailside Point received a $4,000 grant from bestselling author James Patterson to support its school library. Since 2015, Patterson has donated $3.5 million to save school libraries nationwide. “I’ve made it my mission to underscore the vital role reading plays in children’s lives, and the need to sustain school libraries is at the heart of that mission,” said Patterson.

In addition, Scholastic Reading Club will match each dollar with bonus points that teachers can use to acquire books and other materials.

Applying schools were asked to share the story of their school library, including past efforts to make improvements and ideas to help create a brighter future. Patterson personally read and selected the winning recipients of the grants. Trailside will use the funds to buy more books, obtain library supplies, host an author visit, and create a reading area for students